Posts Tagged Eric Carle

brown bear, brown bear


After reading this book hundreds of times, I’ve just heard how the author himself reads it.

Aha! – I should have been singing it! It’s so obvious now -why didn’t I know that?

And I like hearing that german inflection in the illustrator Eric Carle’s voice too. Must get into Sushi:


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In the light of the moon a little egg lay on a leaf…


Eric Carle is such an inventive artist that his first book The Very Hungry Caterpillar was too difficult to print! No one could cut the holes that the caterpillar made in the fruit. Only after a long search was a printer found in Japan who could do the job. This book has been enjoyed the world over, I imagine, and used in countless primary school classrooms again and again.

“…One Sunday morning the warm sun came up and – pop! – out of the egg came a tiny and very hungry caterpillar…”

I like his illustration techniquepreparing papers in all kinds of ways and then collage. I’m going to have a go at it with children. The Art of Eric Carle tells the story of its development from the advertising world into the real world of children’s literature.

He likes to push the printers a little: The Very Lonely Firefly has real lights in it. You can feel the web in The Very Busy Spider. The Very Quiet Cricket makes a cricket noise…

There is a Love of Nature to Eric Carle’s work; plus a relish in sharing books with young kids.

Oh, an there’s a DVD too, with some great animation. And a museum!

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